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Your Holiday at a Glance
|Independent Walking Holiday||
|Dates for 2020||
|Accommodation and Meals||
|What's not included||
Beaujolais & Walks
This independent walking holiday takes place in the Beaujolais region, located to the north and east of Lyon, which is made up of a series of beautiful rolling hills getting progressively higher as you go north, giving rise to some delightful walking. Despite the relatively gentle nature of their slopes, the scale of the peaks and the depths of the valleys create a landscape of great panoramas and rich contrasts.
This wine trails walking holiday traverses the southern Beaujolais and follows on from our Beaujolais wine trails holiday through the Grand Crus region. Your walking trail traverses a number of pretty valleys which descend from the higher hills, harbouring pretty chateaux and quaint villages. Your trail then traverses the “Golden stones country” (pierres dorées), so-called due to the warm colour of the limestone which make up a number of remarkable villages that are set in a sumptuous landscape of interlocking hills. You'll get the chance to sample the varied wines that Beaujolais has to offer, both at your guest houses, located on vineyards, as well as at other producers along the way. Included in this will be the opportunity to sample the southern most Grand Crus, such as Regnie and Brouilly.
At the end of each day you'll be welcomed with open arms at your small, quaint guest houses where the hospitality is excellent and you'll be treated to great local food and wine.
This independent walking holiday in the Beaujolais region of France is made up of 5 walks moving between guest houses. The walks are reasonably easy for the grade, but on certain days they can be made more challenging if you wish by climbing into the hills. An average days walking includes about 16km with limited ascents and descents. It is on a mixture of good paths, tracks and minor roads, although some sections can be rough and stoney. Average daily ascent is 400m. Some paths can be rough and stoney in places with the odd steeper section, so walking boots are essential.
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome, pick up and transfer from Lyon to guest house near Beaujeu. Wine tasting of Regnie and Cote de Brouilly wines
Day 2: Beaujeu - St-Lager
Your walking trail takes a beautiful traverse above the Ardieres Valley to reach Quincié en Beaujolais. Pass through pretty countryside with fine views of the surrounding hills before climbing the isolated hill of Mont Brouilly. Famous for its wines, this lofty summit offers great 360° views of the Beaujolais and on clear days of the Alps. Descend to reach your guest house on a vineyard near the village of St Lager. Wine tasting: Brouilly, Beaujolais Blanc. 14.5km, +280m
Day 3: St-Lager - Perreon
Your walking trail passes the wonderful Chateau de la Chaize before climbing to reach the village of St Etienne la Varenne with great views of the surrounding Beaujolais hills. You then have the choice between a direct trail through the vineyards to Perreon or climbing onto a ridgeline for fantastic views. After, climb to the village of Vaux en Beaujolais (also known as Clochmerle from the books by Chevallier). Wine tasting possibilities in the village. upto 18km +550m
Day 4: Perreon - Averlys
Climb past the impressive Chateau Montmelas for wonderful views Afterwards traverse the pretty village of Cogny built from golden limestone. Pass chateaux and chapels peppering pretty vine covered valleys to reach your guest house/vineyard where you'll receive a great reception and be treated to a passionate talk about his wines by Etienne. Wine tasting: Beaujolais & Beaujolais Rosé. 20km, +450m
Day 5: Averlys - Oingt
Visit some of the prettiest villages in the Golden Stones region of Beaujolais, starting with Jarnioux, with its well-preserved 13th century chateau before following a former railway line to the historic village of Theizé. Afterwards, climb a picturesque ridge to reach the medieval hill-top village of Oingt (classed as one of the prettiest villages in France). Descend to your guest house on a vineyard in the pretty village of Moire. A great day's walking with points of interest throughout. 17.5km, +400m.
Days 6: Oingt - Chatillon d’Azergues
The final final day's walking of your holiday traverses gentle vine covered slopes to pass through the the picturesque village of Bagnols with its pretty square and chateau. Great views across the Azergues Valley of the Mont Lyonnias hills and beyond. Choice of walks via the picturesque hilltop village of Charnay or via a pretty river walk alongside the Azergues. Descend to the beautiful village of Chatillon d'Azergues with its hill-top chateau and 12th century chapel. Wine tasting (organic wines): Beaujolais plus selection of the Grand Crus. 14km, +300m
Day 7: Departure
Transfer to Lyon after breakfast
Please note that the tour may vary slightly depending on the availability of accommodation at the time of booking
For useful advice about independent walking and preparing for your self guided holiday please take a look at the articles in our top-tips section.
Once you have booked on this independent walking holiday in France, further information about the walking, the region and what to bring, will be sent to you. We do have a web page dedicated to what clothes and equipment you should bring. In addition, our travel shop has direct access to all the top walking and travel retailers. Please contact us if you need any further information.
Accommodation & Meals
On our independent wine trail walking holiday in the southern Beaujolais, you will stay in a number of charming bed & breakfasts full of local character (3 corns quality). All rooms have private bathrooms. Examples of the guest houses used on the holiday are shown below. They are small, very comfortable guest houses where you'll be treated to some great Beaujolais hospitality. They'll enjoy giving up their time to make your stay extra special. They are a mix of styles and each host will make your stay a unique and special experience.
A hearty and healthy continental breakfast provides the perfect opportunity to discover the local specialities such as home-made jams and local cheeses. At midday you will eat packed lunches prepared by your hosts. Evening meals will be taken at your guest houses with your hosts, where you will be treated to delicious local delicacies and great wine.
All but one of the guest houses are on vineyards where you'll be treated to wine tasting allowing you to discover the local wines and find out more about how they are produced.
|Domaine des Averlys||B&B||Wine producers house, in a wonderful setting near the pretty village of Cogny. Wine tasting with friendly and welcoming hosts.||3 Corns|
|Nid de Beaujolais||B&B||Small guest house above the village of Beaujeu built from granite. Great views across the Beaujolais countryside. Smart and elegant rooms and tasty meals prepared by Sophie.|
|Domaine des Aloets||B&B||Wine producers on a small vineyard in the heart of the pretty village of Moire|
Transfers from Lyon airport
Transfers between Lyon Airport or train station and the Beaujolais region of France are included in the price of your self guided walking holiday.
The airlines Easy jet, Flybe and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK - Luton, Edinburgh, Birmingham, London Heathrow and Gatwick - to Lyon St Exupery airport.
Please visit our travel shop for links to useful sites for reserving airport parking or booking train tickets
Note: Please check concerning the availability of a walking holiday before booking any flights. If you need further information or would like to discuss any aspect of your travel arrangements, please contact us, we’re here to help you. We would be happy to book travel arrangements to Lyon, France on your behalf.
Eurostar and the TGV provide a relaxing journey from London direct to Lyon Part Dieu, as well as trains changing at Lille or Paris.
Please use Rail Europe's train finder on our travel page to organise your train journey.
There is a practical train time leaving London at 9am and arriving in Lyon at 3pm. Please contact us before booking to check for other practical times.
Channel ferry crossings from Dover are provided by a number of operators including P&O Ferries & DFDS seaways. Crossings are also provided by train with Eurotunnel.
Once in France, the journey from Calais to the Beaujolais area takes about 7 hours (excluding long breaks).
Tolls amount to about 35 euros each way. Controlled parking is available at the airport for 50 euros. Other secure but non-surveilled parking is available free of charge.